Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What I'm Planning......

I've been sick with pharyngitis for over a week now, it is still lingering, so I haven't felt up to gathering my thoughts to post on here yet.  Today, I feel almost back to "normal," and I've also been doing one of those "Day in the Life of......" diaries.  So that is one thing that is coming up and I'm also beginning the planning for my next 3-month freezer cooking cycle that starts in a little over 2 weeks.  My goal is to have time to video or post about it, but that was also my goal last cycle and it didn't happen due to time restraints.  So we will see how this one goes.  Seeing how I only do them 4 times a year now, my next opportunity to document the process won't be until June.

I saw the interest in more posts on marriage and/or being a wife and hope to write up some posts on that eventually.  I can say that I've learned a lot of things over the years that would be valuable to someone maybe in those first ten years of marriage.  I look at being a wife as something that is done out of pure love for God and your husband and that should be your motivation for all you do.  If there isn't love - it is just a duty and your husband will feel the lack of your love.  Anyway, getting ahead of myself here lol.

I do want to do more posts on frugality but I feel like there isn't much left to say as I've shared so many things over the years but I will see what I can come up with.  We have increased our food budget slightly since switching to only organic meat and cheese, so I may post on eating organic on a budget.

I haven't done a hair post in a long time, probably because I haven't been preoccupied with my hair since it has been in great condition the past year or so.  Growing out the perm was the hard part and that finished last year I think it was, now it is just......well....growing lol!  It is longer and I'm starting to sit on it, so I will have to get out the measuring tape and see how much it has grown since the last time I did a hair post.  I rarely curl it anymore and if I do it is normally not with heat but water and sponge rollers or most recently, I used knee-hi's and it came out nice!

I sure would love to blog on Santorum as he is my pick, love his education views, birth control views and just about everything he says!  To have a homeschooling dad as President would just overjoy my soul - what a role model.  Anyway.....I keep praying, please don't let it be Romney lol - I just don't trust the guy but then again he is an excellent speaker and debater.  Speaking of Santorum and birth control, there are so many things I would love to blog about on that issue, one I'm so passionate about because so many "Christians" have it all wrong these days but........

Until I have another time slot to post, there is a preview of what I'm planning! ;-)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poll Results: What You Want Me to Blog About

Thanks to everyone that voted!  Here are the results:

Homekeeping
  29 (78%)
Homeschooling
  13 (35%)
Freezer Cooking, Meal Planning
  15 (40%)
Book Reviews/Notes
  2 (5%)
Devotionals
  2 (5%)
Frugality
  21 (56%)
Self Care - hair, beauty, etc.
  18 (48%)
Videos - How-to's
  10 (27%)
Hot Topics - children/birth control, homeschooling encouragement, etc.
  14 (37%)
Marriage - role of wife
  24 (64%)
Motherhood
  8 (21%)
Other - leave comment
  0 (0%)


According to the poll results, here are the top choices in order from most voted to least:
  1. Homekeeping
  2. Marriage - role of wife
  3. Frugality
  4. Self Care - hair, beauty, etc.
  5. Freezer Cooking, Meal Planning
  6. Hot Topics - children/birth control, homeschooling encouragement, etc.
  7. Homeschooling
  8. Videos - How-to's
  9. Motherhood
  10. Devotionals
  11. Book Reviews/Notes

Lots of input and lots to think on, thanks so much!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet

Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet

Here is an example of our family budget: Free Printable Pre-Filled Monthly Budget Worksheet

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Poll: What Do You Want Me To Blog About?

I have several things I want to blog about, but I did want to do a poll to see what a lot of my readers are here for.  Seeing how I blog about many things from homekeeping to devotionals, it is a plethora of posts for sure.  My time is very limited at this stage in my life, so I want to see what others want to read more of to help me decide on what to put my effort towards.

*Poll is now closed.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

FYI: Smart Phone Users Posting Photos Online



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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gifts from Israel

My husband's parents went on a week-long trip to Israel and brought us back some gifts.  They also said they want to send us!!!!!!  Ok, just a bit excited, but it will be a few years away and hopefully that region will still be able to be visited by tourists.  They want to let our daughter get a little older so she will enjoy it more.  My husband offered to send me to Israel a few years ago but my health interfered, it has always been a dream of mine and one my husband remembers me sharing when we first met.  I can't wait to live that dream....

The first gift was a Pashmina shawl.  If you are unfamiliar with Pashmina, it is the wool from the Pashmina goat that lives in the Himalayas in Pakistan and northern India.  The shawl is hand spun, woven and embroidered.  It is so soft and feels amazing around my neck.


They also got us a Phoenician handmade glass-blown vase.  We had studied last year in homeschool in Ancient history that the Phoenicians invented glass-blowing.


Then they got us a nice, sturdy, laminated panoramic map of Jerusalem that has front and back.  This is great not only for teaching Bible but history and geography as well!



There are more items, such as a shekel and rocks from Israel, but I didn't picture them all, just wanted to share with you all a few of the gifts I loved the most!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Let the Walls Come Down - New Friendships on the Horizon

I came across this post this past weekend and made me realize that there are so many women out there looking for friendships too and I wasn't alone.  I've kept my friendship circle so small and limited the past few years, but I'm branching out and it feels good.

We don't have any family within 3,000 miles of where we live and even though we attend a large church there are limits on who we can hang out with.  Realizing that was beyond my control, I poured my heart out to God.  In Alaska, I didn't really hang out with my church friends very often but rather with other women in the community.  For some reason, when I moved here to Washington, I kept my circle so small and limited to just those that attended my church.  However, now that is even smaller with limitations and there is too much drama in certain situations to be honest - so I realized that I - me alone - had closed myself in to such a small circle.  I had participated in the past in homeschool events and met many women but I let my own insecurities and walls keep them away.  Well, walls no more - here I am world.....I'm so ready!

I told God the past few days with tears that I wanted friends that wouldn't flip out over some little detail.  Friends that you could work things out with, if the situation ever arose.  Friends that wouldn't go all weird on you for no reason.  Basically, I wanted some good, mature friendships!  Friends that wouldn't try and lead me the wrong way.  Friends that were happy and didn't want to talk about everyone else all the time but rather have some good, old fashioned fun!

God answered my prayer today.  I went to a playground with my daughter and was just going to sulk in the corner playing checkers on my Kindle lol.  Then a lady started talking to me and kept talking.  She was so full of life, excited about being a homekeeper, was a Christian and even thinking of homeschooling.  Our daughters hit it off really well playing together too.  I kept thinking to myself - Wow God, that was fast!  After giving her my information to hook up again and she left, another lady sat down and started talking to me too.  I was thinking how happy I was just to have one new friend, now God sent me another!  Turns out, she has a friend who has daughters my daughter's age and are in a large homeschool group. She is going to give her friend my info and they will call me about the group!

I left there thanking God in my heart for his goodness.  I just kept saying on the drive home, "God is so good!"  God saw my circumstance and chose to answer my prayers and fill my heart with joy.  God is just so good!

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Notice: Firefox Blog Loading Issues

Please let me know if you are using Firefox browser and having trouble with my blog loading or the page getting stuck.  Also, let me know if it is related to a post with a Scribd document or where exactly the page freezes or doesn't load, thanks.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

What About Socialization?........And Other Mythical Questions

Even though I stopped volunteering that we homeschool, thanks to all the condescending responses we have received by sharing that fact, I still can't escape the looks and comments.  The biggest one that most homeschoolers are used to is "what about socialization?"  I want to know if anyone could please tell me just what social skill it is that my child should mimic from the public school halls?  Could it be the bullying or the same-sex kissing in the hallways, that she is missing out on seeing on a daily basis?  Or maybe she is missing out on the playground recess rape tag game that has been the cool thing to do at an ELEMENTARY school, where to unfreeze another kid, you have to hump them, and to tag you grab or pull on their genitals?  By the way, they learned it on Facebook, another great place for children.

I'm sure she is missing out on the wonderful teachers we hear so much about in the news almost weekly now that are molesting children or teaching them communism and homosexuality.  She is missing out on the curriculum being distributed across the country that is "mandatory" learning for elementary children on diversity and how its ok to like the same sex.  How can a teacher in L.A. molest 23 children, ages 6-10 for 5 YEARS, taking pictures and having them drink his semen from a spoon without being caught that long?  Then today, they are finding out as more children come forward that there is a second teacher at the same school that committed lewd acts with children!  How many more are doing the same during school-time that might not ever get caught?  How about not trusting your children to strangers and godless individuals for 8 hours a day Mon-Fri?

My daughter is missing out on the free abortions given, without parent's approval, at many public high schools across the US.  One 15-yr old girl, was able to kill her unborn baby during school hours without her parent's even knowing.  My daughter will never have that privilege, I guess she really is missing out on all the "fun."  She will not get to learn that having sex before marriage is the "cool" thing to do, she will actually be taught abstinence and that abortion is murder - boy is she missing out!

Let's not forget all the quality education going on at the nation's public schools.  Taking God out of the curriculum, really leaves a whole lot more time for real wisdom doesn't it?  Just look at these shining examples from a high school in my state of Washington who think Bin Laden is the Vice President and too many "oops" moments in this civics quiz.

Wow, is my child really missing out on some socialization and quality teaching!  You are so right, she is!  I say PRAISE GOD, HALLELUJAH, she is missing out on all that evil, false-teaching, debauchery, atheism, homosexualism and many more multitudes of godless socialization!  I'm so glad that we have chosen quality, wholesome, moral and GODLY socialization for our children.  I love my child too much to let her be lied to and taught things against God and all immoral behaviors.  I would rather teach her what God wants her to know!

1 Cor. 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 

So the question isn't 'what about socialization', the question is what "KIND" of socialization do you prefer?  Remember, you can sacrifice your time now raising your children in God's Word and correct history and science and marital correctness OR you can pray the rest of your life that God will undue all the damage that 12 years of immorality in the public school system has taught them.  It's your choice.

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